Aleut Enterprise to pay over $1M for Adak fuel spill

Jan 8, 2015

Payments over $1 million will settle a court case and cover damages from a fuel spill at their facility on Adak in 2012.

Containment boom is laid out in front of the tanker Al-Amerat shortly after the spill. (Credit: USFWS)
Credit KUCB

KUCB, Unalaska:  Aleut Enterprise will pay more than $1 million to settle a court case and cover damages from a fuel spill at their facility on Adak.

The spill took place back in January 2010. The tanker Al-Amerat was unloading fuel at Adak Petroleum when the receiving tank and a secondary containment system overflowed. 

About 70,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into nearby Helmet Creek. From there, it entered Sweeper Cove -- and Adak’s small boat harbor.

The spill took almost a year to clean up. Just about 5,000 gallons of fuel were recovered. After an investigation by state and federal authorities, Alaska's Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals filed a criminal case in 2013.

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